June 2016


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 23.06.2016 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. / EUME


Arab FILM SERIES - Beyond Spring


Side Walk Stories Project: Exhibition and film screenings on 22 and 23 June in collaboration with the BGCSMS (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies). For a detailed description of the program of Sidewalk Stories on 22 June, see here. The exhibition can be visited during the film screenings on the 23rd as well.

"Forbidden" by Amal Ramsis
Documentary 67 min, Egypt, 2011

Three months before the January 25th uprising, clandestinely the director of this film ban shooting her first scenes in the streets of Cairo. Like this she had to hide from the eyes of the police, often sheltering in homes of the friends and acquaintances that we see in the film discussing acts and thoughts that are typically forbidden in Egypt. The film is a testimony of the situation before the January 25th revolution and beyond. It explores the very meaning of the word "forbidden," which punctuates many aspects of Egyptian daily life.

Trailer "Forbidden":

"The Trace of the Butterfly" by Amal Ramsis
Documentary 68 min, Egypt 2014

October 9, 2011: During the clashes of the so-called Maspero massacre, 20-year-old Mina Daniel dies alongside 26 other Coptic Christians. For his sister Mary, Mina’s death meant not only the end of a life, but also the start of something new. Over a period of two years, Mary Daniel is accompanied by the director on a journey through Egypt’s revolution. She documents years full of frustration and triumph and even more deaths.

Following the screening, a discussion with political scientist Hoda Salah will be held.

Hoda Salah is an Egyptian-German political scientist and teaches at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Her research interests are political Islam, and the women’s movement, Policies related to sexuality, religion and revolution and transformation processes in the Arab world.


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Beyond Spring - Arab Film Series

In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.


Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo and the Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

In cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).


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